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    Plenty of good finds from the past two months

    Hi all! Hope all is well and your MD'ing adventures continue. Below are some summary shots and a few close-ups of my more notable hunts from the last two months. Sorry I haven't been posting more regularly this summer - but believe me I'm still looking! I post quite often on Instagram under the btvdigger ID so look for me there also. Best of luck going into the fall season!

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    Finds were pretty slow in August as all the fields were high in hay or corn. I did manage to hit one field and pull this worn, fatty IH from 1860.

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    I also got a permission for a lost cellar hole deep, and I mean deep in the woods. I was really excited to hit this place but alas finds were rather slim. I didn't
    go home totally disappointed though as I pulled a nice early cross-strap buckle and 2 crotal bells. The bells were in the same hole ironically.

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    By September the 2nd cut of hay had begun and fields started opening up. I returned to the field where my buddy and I pulled all the coppers and the 1830 half
    dime (see my July 8 post). No coppers for me this time, but I did dig an IH and a number of buttons and relics, including a colonial-era brass keg tap so was happy
    with those.

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    The next week I hit some newly cut fields in a town about 45 minutes north of me near the border. This field had several old home sites in it, but 3 of the 4 had been heavily
    detected before I could tell. In between two of the sites I found a small iron patch that was clearly a much older home or original cabin site - perhaps for one of the other homes.
    This is where I pulled most of what you see above, including some early buttons, a finial and two Canadian Bank Tokens (1816 Wellington style, and an 1833 Plough and Ship
    style). Was quite happy with those.

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    Toward the end of last month I hit a new set of permission fields in a town about an hour south of me. Lots of older ground in the southern Champlain Valley. Met a fellow detectorist
    on one of the fields when I arrived and had a nice 1/2 hour chat with him. He told me he had pounded much of the area, but as you know that never dissuades me! Tried an out
    of the way field on that permission that looked as if an old home site may have been there. Clearly he hadn't detected this place! Dug a number of nice relics including an 1800
    cent trifecta (1837 Matron LC, 1858 Flying Eagle and 1864 IH). The colonial mouth harp was my favorite find though. Had never dug a complete one up to that point.

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    Here's a close-up of my cent trifecta.

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    At the very end of September I returned to the cent trifecta field and pulled more decent relics. It had rained heavily in the days just prior so the ground was softer and gave
    up more deep targets. The ginormous raised motif flower Dandy button at upper right was my favorite relic from this hunt.

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    About 10 days ago my good friend (Gold Panner on TNet) and I bounced around some new permission fields in the southern Champlain Valley once again. Finds were sorta thin this day for me, but did manage to snuff out my 4th Draped Bust LC of the year - a common 1803 variety in worn condition.

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    The following day I returned a final time to the cent trifecta field. The footprint of this home is on the medium-small size with targets concentrated mostly in a 40X40 yd square
    area. Having hit it hard two times at this point I knew finds were thinning out considerably, so I went very slow and gridded the central iron patch with the AT-Pro. I ended up finding 6 more buttons, two of which were nice decorative Dandies so that made me happy.

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    Then this past Sunday my good friend Joe from Green Mountain Diggers and I hit some permission sites up in Northeastern VT on some very old ground. Hit a field at an old
    crossroads where a semi-modern mid-20th home stands nearby. Clearly something much older once stood here. This to date was the neatest hunt of the season for me. We pulled 4 coppers, 2 IHs, 2 seated dimes and a capped bust dime! Joe got all the coppers and the two seateds, while I pulled the IHs, the capped bust 1820 dime and a late 1800s/Indian War general service button. I'm still stoked over the bust dime. My first. Just a squeaker at 9".

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    Here's a close-up shot of the obverse.

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    ...and the back.

    Thanks so much for looking and once again, best of luck to you all and wishing you good health!
    Vermont relic hunting, one swing at a time.
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    Awesome bunch of finds! That CB dime really takes the cake. Congrats on your summer haul!

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    Let me pick my jaw up off the floor!

    So many incredible finds! You have found more in the past two months than I could find in ten lifetimes! Lots of bucket list items there for me.

    My favorite has to be the 1820 Capped Bust Dime though. It's a beauty! What an awesome piece of early American silver! Wonderful!

    Lifetime totals:
    8 Large Cents, 378 Indian Heads, 2 Two Cent Pieces, 1 Capped Bust Half Dime, 1 Seated Half Dime, 9 Shield Nickels, 67 V Nickels, 121 Buffalo Nickels, 31 War Nickels, 16 Seated Dimes, 127 Barber Dimes, 382 Mercury Dimes, 233 Rosies, 4 Seated Quarters, 15 Barber Quarters, 17 Standing Liberty Quarters, 84 Silver Washingtons, 1 Seated Half, 3 Barber Halves, 16 Walking Liberty Halves

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    Some great hunting John. Love all the old coins especially that CB.
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    Pretty fine hunting there John. Keep it going while the weather is still cooperating.
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    Great post! love the OLD cent trifecta!!! and the capped bust dime is awesome too. Lots of old coinage.
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    That is an amazing bunch of finds, John! I always wondered if anyone has ever found a full set of crotal bells. I can only average one a year You find two in one hunt! ...and that dime....banner. Congrats!

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    Looks like you had a great summer, John. That 1820 is gorgeous.
    Please try to remember that I have yet to find a crotal bell. If you find every one of them in Vermont, I'll NEVER get one!

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    nice finds!
    Best finds GW Button and John Adams Cufflink.
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    Great post ! What an incredible amount of great finds ! Congratulations .

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    Holy cow! Those are some AMAZING finds! Every picture was a whole slew of goodies. Congrats on so many great finds. I hope the snow comes late this year and leaves early next year! Happy digging, Dave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Digger_O'Dell View Post
    Awesome bunch of finds! That CB dime really takes the cake. Congrats on your summer haul!

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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Two-Cent View Post
    Let me pick my jaw up off the floor!

    So many incredible finds! You have found more in the past two months than I could find in ten lifetimes! Lots of bucket list items there for me.

    My favorite has to be the 1820 Capped Bust Dime though. It's a beauty! What an awesome piece of early American silver! Wonderful!

    Thanks Tony! The two seated dimes, LCs, 1 IH and the CB dime were all within 20 yds of each other. Just a crazy spot.

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    Some great hunting John. Love all the old coins especially that CB.
    Thanks much Al!

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    Pretty fine hunting there John. Keep it going while the weather is still cooperating.
    Thanks Jeff. Yeah, I've got about 4-6 more weeks up here, then it's likely over.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucknut View Post
    Great post! love the OLD cent trifecta!!! and the capped bust dime is awesome too. Lots of old coinage.
    Thanks Jared! Gotta love the old coinage, right?!

    Quote Originally Posted by OxShoeDrew View Post
    That is an amazing bunch of finds, John! I always wondered if anyone has ever found a full set of crotal bells. I can only average one a year You find two in one hunt! ...and that dime....banner. Congrats!
    Thanks Drew! I've been lucky to find quite a lot of those old crotals. I think I'm up to 20 complete ones now.

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidGC View Post
    Looks like you had a great summer, John. That 1820 is gorgeous.
    Please try to remember that I have yet to find a crotal bell. If you find every one of them in Vermont, I'll NEVER get one!
    Thanks Dave! I've been fortunate to find some good permissions this summer/fall.
    P.S. I'll save my next crotal for ya!

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    nice finds!
    Thanks man!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheap Thrills View Post
    Great post ! What an incredible amount of great finds ! Congratulations .
    Thanks for taking a look!

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyDigger View Post
    Holy cow! Those are some AMAZING finds! Every picture was a whole slew of goodies. Congrats on so many great finds. I hope the snow comes late this year and leaves early next year! Happy digging, Dave.
    Thanks Dave, and I agree - hope winter comes late this year. It's all relative though - your German finds are plain sick man!

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    Thanks Dan!
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